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Tuesday 10 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will receive AUD$4 million in Budget Support, helping to prop up government salaries and other expenses, for each financial year over the next three years, from the Australian Government.
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Sunday 8 May 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new salary structure for civil servants that was approved by the Tongan Cabinet on 13 April, to be implemented on 1 July 2016 in the new budget, has been stopped in its tracks, because the Public Service Association (PSA) claims it is unlawful. Now the pressure group may have succeeded in their demand for Cabinet to change a decision, in return for the PSA withholding a threatened injunction against the Cabinet’s approval of the new salary structure. By Pesi Fonua.
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Wednesday 20 April 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon. Semisi Sika (48) has been appointed as Minister of Infrastructure and Tourism by King Tupou VI, effective on 18 April, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva.
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Monday 29 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Dr Lia Latu Maka will take up a three year posting as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Public Service Commission in Nuku’alofa, on Tuesday, 1 March.
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Tuesday 23 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a first global ranking on how effectively children can use the courts to defend their rights, Tonga was ranked 165 out 197 countries worldwide, a low standing attributed to not having a separate juvenile court or system for children and limited implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the report released on 15 February, war-torn countries like Syria, Serbia and Cameroon were ranked higher than Tonga.
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Friday 12 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A new $8.1 million pa’anga office block built by Tonga’s Retirement Fund Board was opened by HM King Tupou VI on Friday, 12 February in Nuku’alofa.
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Wednesday 3 February 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Hon Pohiva Tu’i’onetoa is the Acting Minister of Tourism effective 1 February, after HM King Tupou VI approved the termination of ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s appointment as Minister of Tourism.
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Tuesday 2 February 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
No decision has been made by Government to appoint a new Minister of Tourism following the former Minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu’s exit as a Member of Parliament last week.
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Sunday 24 January 2016
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Ministry of Public Enterprises has started to introduce more shared directors for public enterprises, with some directors holding positions on three boards, as part of a push to reform Public Enterprises that started in 2015 to be completed this year. The Ministry’s CEO Sione ‘Akau‘ola said the shared directors process for the Transport sector started last week.
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Wednesday 13 January 2016

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
“In the sweat of thy face, shall thou eat bread…” PM ‘Akilisi Pohiva told hundreds of civil servants who attended the Public Service Thanksgiving Prayer Service at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall yesterday, 12 January.
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Saturday 5 December 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In a marathon press conference lasting nearly four hours yesterday, Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva tried to defend his decision to retain a self-confessed corrupted Cabinet Minister, ‘Etuate Lavulavu, as his Minister of Tourism.
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Thursday 3 December 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga civil service has been awarded a 5% pay increase back dated to 1 July 2015, and to be paid before December 22.
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Monday 30 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A petition to revoke the appointment of the Prime Minister, Hon. Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva as the Minister of Education, and Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu as the Acting Minister of Education is in limbo.
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Friday 27 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva this afternoon, at a Press Conference, sentenced Hon. ‘Etuate Lavulavu for corruption by terminating his ministerial post as Minister of Infrastructure but retained him as Minister of Tourism without pay for five months as from January 2016. No questions were allowed.
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Tuesday 24 November 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva is not fit to travel this week to take part in three major events in Europe and Malta, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva has gone to New Zealand this week for a routine medical check up, the Prime Minister’s Office stated today.
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Thursday 12 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s Official Public Holidays for next year 2016, were confirmed today by the Prime Minister’s Office. Most of the holidays are observed on Mondays or Fridays, as shown (in Tongan and English):
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Tuesday 3 November 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government’s public services will close down at 4:30pm on Monday, 21 December - the last working day, before the beginning of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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Friday 30 October 2015

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Businesses in Tongatapu and Vava’u can now pay their PAYE tax and Consumption Tax online, thanks to a new revenue management system known as “RMS7”, that was launched by the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Sophie Temby this morning, 30 October at Tonga’s Ministry of Revenue and Customs office, Hala Lelue, Nuku’alofa.
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Monday 5 October 2015
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The outcome of a decision by government to reduce the number of Boards that oversee the management of 14 public enterprises, from 14 boards to five or six new boards by the end of October, remains unknown.
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